A treatise of the lawes of the forest : wherein is declared not onely those lawes, as they are now in force, but also the originall and beginning of forests : and what a forest is in his owne proper nature, and wherein the same doth differ from a chase, a parke, or a warren, with all such things as are incident or belonging thereunto, with their seuerall proper tearmes of art ; also a Treatise of the pourallee : declaring what pourallee is, how the same first began, what a pourallee man may do, how he may hunt and vse his owne pourallee, how farre he may pursue and follow after his chase, together with the limits and bounds, as well of the forest, as the pourallee : collected, as well out of the common lawes and statutes of this land, as also out of sundrie learned auncient authors, and out of the Assises of Pickering and Lancaster / by Iohn Manvvood ; whereunto are added the statutes of the forest, a Treatise of the seuerall offices of verderors, regardors, and foresters, & the Courts of Attachments, Swanimote, & Iustice seat of the Forest, and certaine principall Cases, Iudgements, and Entries of the Assises of Pickering and Lancaster: neuer heretofore printed for the publique.

Manwood, John, -1610 [Browse]
London : Printed for the Societie of Stationers, anno dom. 1615.
[16], 258, [1] leaves ; 19 cm.


  • First published 1598 under title: A Treatise and Discovrse of the Lawes of the Forrest. "The edit. 1598, consists but of 20 chapters, those of 1615 and 1665, of 25, being differently paged, and to which latter also are prefixed the charter of Canute, and statutes relating to the forest". cf. J. Clarke, Bibliotheca legum.
  • Signatures: [paragraph mark]⁸ ([paragraph mark]¹ wanting), *⁸, A-Z⁸, Aa-Ii⁸, Kk³.
  • Irregularities in foliation: leaf 259 incorrectly numbered 258.
  • Initials.
  • ExCarton copy has ms. entry on front free endpaper with title: The perambulacion of Gyllingeham forrest.
Language note
"Carta de Foresta, of King Canutus a Dane, and a King of this Realme, graunted at a Parliament holden at Winchester, in the yeare of our Lord 1016 (leaves 1-17) in Latin, with English translation.
STC (2nd ed.) 17292.
Other title(s)
Constitutiones Canuti regis de foresta. English & Latin.
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